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italiancookies's Avatar italiancookies 04:51 PM 04-04-2007
My 2.5 yr old knows her left and right. what is the usual age for this?

Joya's Avatar Joya 04:57 PM 04-04-2007
I'm not so sure about the averages but have been curious about this too. My daughter (now 23 months) has been giving us "left", "right" "straight ahead" and "turn around" directions since she was 18 months.
teachma's Avatar teachma 07:34 PM 04-04-2007
My newly 3 year old daughter has known l and r for a little while now...her 6 year old brother probably learned right around the time she did! Dd has much more of a spatial understanding than her bro, anyway, so it makes sense to me.
Roar's Avatar Roar 07:51 PM 04-04-2007
Let's see my kid tests as PG and I remember when he was seven realizing he didn't know it! My friend's kids all knew at two and she thought that was typical. I'm sure there is a huge range of normal and whether or not the concept has been introduced has something to do with it too. I'm 42 and sometimes I still have to think it through.
Calidris's Avatar Calidris 10:24 PM 04-04-2007
DD know it for a while around 2.5 (consistently and repeatedly) then was mixing it up again around 2.75, and now sometimes knows it at just past 3. So I have no idea what the norms are.
loraxc's Avatar loraxc 11:48 PM 04-04-2007
DD has known this since about 2.5 (we just mentioned it one day and that was all it took), but I think this is more like a kindergarten skill. I know her daycare teachers thought it was very surprising and commented on it.

I was very amazed by it, because I'm spatially impossible and still didn't know L from R when I was 10!
earthmama369's Avatar earthmama369 11:51 PM 04-04-2007
Don't know, so I'll just throw our stats into the mix you're collecting! DD is 28 months and has reliably differentiated right and left since around 23 months.
jkpmomtoboys's Avatar jkpmomtoboys 12:23 AM 04-05-2007
That seems pretty typical age to me...
PRaven's Avatar PRaven 02:42 AM 04-05-2007
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My 2.5 yr old knows her left and right. what is the usual age for this?
Well...my daughter knew it at about 2 1/2, too, but apparently around age 5 is typical for "normal" children:

http://www.childcarechoicesofboston....milestones.htm

http://www.spdsupport.org.uk/develop.html

http://www.ldonline.org/article/6313
kamilla626's Avatar kamilla626 01:02 PM 04-05-2007
I think 2.5 is early.

My dd will be 4 in June. She gets left/right correctly about half of the time.
pigpokey's Avatar pigpokey 02:33 PM 04-05-2007
Breastfeeding can be hothousing for this skill
supervee's Avatar supervee 02:59 PM 04-05-2007
HAHAHA! I can see that breastfeeding "lesson."

My son had it down by 2, but before then. We played Twister at age 2 & he got it. Then all of a sudden at around 5 he started seeing that his left could be my right, and coming out of the developmental self-centered phase (isn't that around 5? anyway) and now he can't remember which is which. Weird.
PreggieUBA2C's Avatar PreggieUBA2C 05:26 PM 04-05-2007
Our eldest knew it at 11 months reliably. With him, we always told him left hand, right hand, foot, leg etc... It was part of our dressing and diapering routines, so I think it's just a matter of exposure. We never do this with our third, and not surprisingly, I don't think he even knows this exists. I don't know why we don't. It's very helpful for giving instructions and helping our son to practise other skills. I'm starting the youngest on it today!
ChristaN's Avatar ChristaN 06:08 PM 04-05-2007
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Let's see my kid tests as PG and I remember when he was seven realizing he didn't know it! My friend's kids all knew at two and she thought that was typical. I'm sure there is a huge range of normal and whether or not the concept has been introduced has something to do with it too. I'm 42 and sometimes I still have to think it through.
I'm glad that my kiddo isn't the only one. My older dd, 8, is pretty good about it now, but she didn't know left and right for the longest time and I suspect that she does still have to think about it. She also still puts her shoes on the wrong feet at times. She did know how to tie them at 4, just not get them on the right foot .
PRaven's Avatar PRaven 06:31 AM 04-06-2007
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I'm glad that my kiddo isn't the only one. My older dd, 8, is pretty good about it now, but she didn't know left and right for the longest time and I suspect that she does still have to think about it. She also still puts her shoes on the wrong feet at times. She did know how to tie them at 4, just not get them on the right foot .
Any child who is reading KNOWS left from right, even if they themselves don't realize it. And if a child really DOESN'T know the difference, this could explain difficulty with reading...
ChristaN's Avatar ChristaN 02:41 PM 04-06-2007
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Any child who is reading KNOWS left from right, even if they themselves don't realize it. And if a child really DOESN'T know the difference, this could explain difficulty with reading...
She was reading at 4 and reading very well (Harry Potter, newspaper, etc.) at 6, so maybe it was more a matter of not associating the words with the directions than not knowing them.

She does still have the shoe problem, though .
RJB78's Avatar RJB78 11:37 PM 05-31-2007
Both my girls learned R and L at 18 months.
Calidris's Avatar Calidris 12:04 AM 06-01-2007
DD knew it perfectly at 2.5, but a while later she started mixing it up, now she know it fairly well, but not always perfect like when she was younger, I think when they start to think about my left and your left some of them get confused again. At least I think that's what happened with DD.
Charmie981's Avatar Charmie981 03:18 AM 06-01-2007
Now that I'm married, it's a lot easier .

My husband taught my kids at about 18 months-2 years. He wrote a R and an L in their shoes so they could learn to put them on the right feet. With our first, I chastized him for doing something that was way too advanced for him (because, hey, I STILL don't get it right most of the time!), but he proved me wrong my learning within the week (and also learing the letters R and L!). They are still very good at it, but he never wrote the R and L in the new shoes, so my youngest still puts his shoes on the wrong feet.
LynnS6's Avatar LynnS6 04:09 AM 06-01-2007
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It was part of our dressing and diapering routines, so I think it's just a matter of exposure. We never do this with our third, and not surprisingly, I don't think he even knows this exists.
I realized that one day for colors with our dd. No idea why we hadn't talked about them, but she got to 2, I realized she didn't have a clue.

Our dd is 36 months and is pretty good with left and right. Ds was about 4 but then we didn't really talk much about them with him - he started using them before he distinguish 'l' and 'r'. I remember one memorable conversation with him where he was asking what something was and we couldn't figure out if he meant 'light' or 'right'. (Because ds uses these terms, dd has learned them earlier.)

Then again, I'm 41 years, and get them wrong a lot. I'm in physical therapy for knee pain and I'm driving the physical therapist NUTS! Yesterday I resorted to holding up my hands so I could see which one made the "L".
EXOLAX's Avatar EXOLAX 10:22 AM 06-01-2007
We're with many here whose kids learned it at 2.5. It can be confusing for us because sometimes we question things they know (typically when other people point it out to us that it is odd) but when we sit down and think about it we can always trace things back to how they learned it. With left and right it was a combination of factors: Like another OP we do the left and right when dressing, "You're putting your left shoe on your left foot" etc.. Both my kids were avid nursers (DD1 self weaned at 4, DD2 at almost 3). Our house is at the bottom of a street which runs in a circle, we take a small side street to a yield sign (they both recognized signs at a young age for this reason too), we stop there and I ask the girls which way they want to go to get to our house, "Left or right". It makes sense to us that they would get an understanding of this concept simply becuase it has been introduced.

We do not know if our kids are gifted. Both of our girls have blown us away repeatedly with things they know but like I said, we can rationalise out where they've been exposed to things. DD1, started writing her name and recognizing letters as a late 2, by her 3rd birthday she was writing simple notes to people. DD2 doesn't have the letter recognition her sis had at this age, but due to her big sis (who is passionate about astronomy) recognizes different planets.

I think that early understanding of concepts (left and right), early reading, writing, math skills etc. can be signs of giftedness. But I don't think it's exclusive. I think one could have a gifted child who didn't necessarily do things 'early' due to a multitude of factors, but I digress.

Our DD1 is definitly bright. But, her K teacher pointed out to us after doing begininng and end of the year evals that she didn't know her street address when prompted (she knew her city and state). It was pointed out that this is the only thing on a 3+ page eval that she did not 'display confidence' in. DP and I chuckled, so did the teacher, because we all knew she had the capacity to know it, it was just not something DP and I had ever thought to teach her. She knew our home phone and cell numbers by 4, though we didn't teach those to her. She picked them up probably from us having to rattle them off at a multitude of Dr's appt's, and yeah, most likely from the ordering of pizza over the phone. We don't rattle off our home address with any frequency at all.

All that to say, we have learned there is a difference between actual proven knowledge and ability. It's much more difficult to guage though. And no, we still haven't 'taught' DD our home address.
Calidris's Avatar Calidris 11:56 AM 06-01-2007
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DD know it for a while around 2.5 (consistently and repeatedly) then was mixing it up again around 2.75, and now sometimes knows it at just past 3. So I have no idea what the norms are.
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DD knew it perfectly at 2.5, but a while later she started mixing it up, now she know it fairly well, but not always perfect like when she was younger, I think when they start to think about my left and your left some of them get confused again. At least I think that's what happened with DD.

just realised I answered this thread before. Good to know I was consistent at least
cdahlgrd's Avatar cdahlgrd 06:04 PM 06-02-2007
I still have to check which hand my wedding ring is on!!

My boys can all give me directions to most anywhere we go (ds1 6 and twins 2), and now I am getting, "Stop!!! Red light. GO Faster MOm, wheeeeee!" from the twins. I will never get to roll through a stop sign again .
mahogny's Avatar mahogny 04:44 AM 06-03-2007
Both my kids knew left and right soon after their 2nd birthdays, but like the others, it's just part of the routine, so they were exposed to it.

When DS was 2 1/2, we were at MIL's, and she was doing something with his hands (clipping nails maybe? I don't know) and he named each hand as he gave it to her. She was so impressed, but I knew that it was just because we talk about his right shoe and his left shoe, or his right hand and left hand when washing them, etc.

It's just all about exposure, IMO.
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